Wedding Bell Blues

Two Pairs of Celebrities Recently Tied the Knot. But Will It Last?

image Chris Butler
Age27
ResidesBrooklyn
OccupationWeb writer

Do you think the marriages of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones will last?I don't know. Madonna's a chameleon, and a giant foreign wedding might be just her latest incarnation.

Are age differences a problem?My girlfriend's older than me. I'm used to being younger than all my friends and my girlfriends.

What makes a relationship last?An ability to divorce yourself from the immediate, and look down the road to friendship and cooperation. Can you answer the bigger questions? Be 80 and play Scrabble while drooling on each other?


imageKaren Klein
Age35
ResidesManhattan
OccupationEmployee, advertising firm

Do you think the marriages of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones will last?When I read about them, I think only one thing: "This is a disaster."

Are age differences a problem?They don't have to be. A lot of people must think that Madonna only got Guy Ritchie because she was rich and famous. Men never grow up, so maybe some of them like an older woman.

What makes a relationship last?Commitment. It's hard work. Honesty, trust, and space. I love my husband to death, but I can't wait for him to leave on his yearly week away with the guys.


imageSheila Arens
Age42
ResidesManhattan
OccupationPhoto researcher

Do you think the marriages of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones will last?Why not? Madonna's marriage is more likely to last because she's more mature. She's been around the block. Actually, I love Madonna. I have her on my Walkman right now.

Are age differences a problem?No. I'm older than my husband and I hope my marriage lasts. Ten years difference doesn't seem like any kind of problem, but 40 years is a pretty big gap.

What makes a relationship last?A very good sense of humor. Your husband has to be willing to laugh at your stupid jokes.


imageJason Goodman
Age23
ResidesManhattan
OccupationTeaching assistant

Do you think the marriages of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones will last?If I give these weddings a thought, it's only because they're on the front page. I paid attention to Catherine Zeta-Jones's wedding because I was jealous of Michael Douglas.

Are age differences a problem?Someone once said, "After 20, age doesn't matter," but I think it's more accurate to say, "As long as it's legal, age doesn't matter." Age really doesn't seem to be the issue here. It's about money, stardom, and power.

What makes a relationship last? I was engaged once when I was 19. She was a little older. I had to learn a lot of patience and flexibility.


imageWill Jimenez
Age21
ResidesQueens
OccupationSecurity

Do you think the marriages of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones will last?I don't know, and honestly, I couldn't really care less about these people.

Are age differences a problem?No, not if the person's over 21. If it's legal and they're willing, age makes no difference. Zeta-Jones is marrying Michael Douglas for his money, but Americans focus on age gaps because they're obsessed with aging.

What makes a relationship last?Sex.


imageKentucky Pete
Age33
ResidesManhattan
OccupationRock-climbing instructor

Do you think the marriages of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones will last?I wasn't paying attention to either one of them, but I did wonder who Madonna married.

Are age differences a problem?Once you're over 18, it's fine. Most men want an average-looking woman. They're too afraid a beautiful one would run off with someone else. The most successful porno magazine in the country isn't Penthouse; it's Juggs, the one that shows topless women of all ages, some who weigh 80 pounds and others who weigh 300 pounds.

What makes a relationship last?Patience, tolerance, and acceptance.


imageLouis Orozco
Age39
ResidesBronx
OccupationParalegal

Do you think the marriages of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones will last?No, definitely not. I read about them and think "six months, max."

Are age differences a problem?No. If the chemistry's there, it's there.

What makes a relationship last?Trust. And honesty, actually.


 
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